I am fortunate enough to have experienced Keeneland from both working and spectating roles. We can all be spectators, but if you want to experience a piece of horse racing life, you should rise before the sun and position yourself along the rail. There is nothing like the sound of thundering hooves and rhythmic breath cutting through the dark. Like many tracks, Keeneland’s mornings works are opened to the public.
I’ve traveled to tracks all across the US and none compare. Its architecture, rolling hills, and vast views make it beautifully unique. It only makes sense that it’s situated in the heart of thoroughbred country. Since 1936 Keeneland has run 2 meets a year. They are some of the shortest meets in the states lasting only 15 days in the spring (April) and 17 days in the fall (October.) It’s also one of the few tracks where you can freely access the backside stables. This allows you to experience a day in the life of a racehorse almost completely uninhibited. Stop by the track kitchen and dine with grooms, owners, trainers, and exercise riders discussing everything form the upcoming races to the feed schedule.
Want to look like a pro? Grab a racing form and strategically study it between bites of biscuits and gravy. Now put on your best digs, grab some cash, and head to the grandstand for a day of exhilarating racing. You’re practically an expert by now. 😉